Klinsmann is unbeaten against Mexico as a player and coach, with four wins and four draws. He won the World Cup as a player with Germany in 1990 and coached his native country to the 2006 semifinals. He's lived in California for 15 years and understands both the accomplishment of reaching the World Cup and the need to build confidence in a team he took over two years ago.
"I think we're young enough at the moment that these next six to eight months we're going to grow, and I think we're going to get better," Howard said. "I really like the mix. I like the mix with the Mexican-Americans, the German-Americans, a lot of young guys sprinkled in with some of us old guys. I just think the mix is right, and we just need to mature a little bit more."
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